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9:55 AM ET, May 2, 2014

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New York Post:
Disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer  —  This could wind up being a pretty short ban.  —  Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is battling cancer — surprising those around him by beating the final buzzer for as long as he has, sources told The Post on Thursday.
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Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. head of NAACP resigns in wake of Sterling scandal  —  Leon Jenkins resigned Thursday as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal.  (Nick Ut / AP)  —  Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins has resigned amid scrutiny surrounding …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why the new Benghazi emails aren't a “smoking gun.”  —  Has the Benghazi “smoking gun” been found?  Some White House critics believe that new documents wrestled from the White House by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, prove that the Obama administration concocted a cover-up …
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Boehner calls on Kerry to testify about email in Benghazi subpoena
Discussion: Doug Ross and The Daily Caller
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham: White House Officials Are ‘Scumbags’ for Lying About Benghazi
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. payrolls surge in April, jobless rate hits 5-1/2 year low  —  (Reuters) - U.S. job growth increased at its fastest pace in more than two years in April and the unemployment rate dived to a 5-1/2 year low of 6.3 percent, suggesting a sharp rebound in economic activity early in the second quarter.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Unemployment Rate at Lowest Since 2008 as Hiring Jumps  —  The American economy gained steam in April, adding 288,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest level since September 2008.  —  After a sharp slowdown in December and January, and a modest improvement since then …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
April Employment Report: 288,000 Jobs, 6.3% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  The headline number was well above expectations of 215,000 payroll jobs added.  —  The first graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why Economics Failed  —  On Wednesday, I wrapped up the class I've been teaching all semester: “The Great Recession: Causes and Consequences.”  (Slides for the lectures are available via my blog.)  And while teaching the course was fun, I found myself turning at the end to an agonizing question …
New York Times:
Donors Weigh Jilting Christie for Jeb Bush  —  Jeb Bush's increasingly serious and public examination of a run for president is roiling the ranks of establishment Republican donors and fund-raisers who had planned to back Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in 2016, forcing many of them to rethink …
Discussion: The Week
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The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Biking with Bush: Former president opens up about veterans, Jeb 2016
Shadee Ashtari / The Huffington Post:
Janice Hahn Walks Out Of Event After James Dobson Calls Obama The ‘Abortion President’  —  Janice Hahn James Dobson Janice Hahn Video Robert Aderholt Prayer and Meditation Robert Aderholt National Day of Prayer Janice Hahn National Day of Prayer Obama Abortion Abortion James Dobson
Discussion: Roll Call and The Raw Story
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble  —  Bursting the Democrats' Midterm-Turnout Bubble  —  Getting voters to the polls is harder than some flashy political-science experiments suggest.  —  STATISTICAL NOISE |  MAY 1, 6:48 AM  —  How Not to Be Misled by the Jobs Report
Discussion: National Review
Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
Porky's II: The Earmarkers Strike Back  —  Restoring earmarks in today's Congress would be like opening a bar tab for a bunch of recovering alcoholics.  —  Remember the $223 million in federal funds earmarked in 2005 for the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska?  The project stalled but the public outrage …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Peggy Fikac / MySanAntonio.com:
Davis spokesman resigns from campaign  —  Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott are seeking to replace Gov. Rick Perry in the Nov. 4, 2014 election.  The new governor takes office Jan. 20, 2015.  —  AUSTIN — Bo Delp, spokesman and former communications director for Sen. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor, has resigned.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Don't Run for President, Hillary.  Become a ‘Post-President’ Instead  —  The political world and her most fervent fans may be exercised about a presidential bid.  But she should forget it.  If she wins, it's too much stress for too little return.  —  I know as much as anyone …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Apathy in the Executive  —  John Paul II and Obama: a study in leadership contrasts.  —  Rome  —  Friends and I kept seeing groups of Poles who'd taken planes or 20-hour bus rides to be here for the canonization of John Paul II.  They did not look wealthy.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands  —  Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators' demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance …
Weekly Standard:
The Slush Fund  —  How Obamacare pays off insurers.  —  Widget tooltip  —  When the government provides medical care, it normally delegates the task.  Under Medicare, Washington doesn't employ doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat the elderly.  It has to coax them to participate.
Scott Bauer / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Hulsey plans to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods  —  MADISON, Wis. — Democratic candidate for governor Brett Hulsey plans to hand out white Ku Klux Klan-style hoods to Wisconsin Republicans as they gather for their annual convention Friday to highlight what he says are their racist policies.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP State Lawmaker Writes Letter To Editor About Dangers Of Anal Sex  —  Black GOPer: Bundy Just Telling The Truth  —  Mitch Boxes In Tea Party Rival With Joint Pledge To Back GOP Nominee  —  Bundy Supporter: Harry Reid May Get His ‘Balls Ripped Off’  —  ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Tested In Recent Killings
Minding the Campus / Originals:
How Colleges Waste Your Health Fees  —  By Jenna Ashley Robinson  —  Across the country, student health centers are showing signs of financial bloat and costly mission creep.  Funded by both hefty campus health fees and payments from students' insurers, university health centers spend …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
You can't please anybody  —  If you advocate the complete abolition …
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal REVOLUTION
Kathy Kiely / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
How TV stations are letting political advertisers play hide and seek
Janet Vertesi / TIME:
My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Crooked Timber
Henry Chu / Los Angeles Times:
Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions
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New York Times:
Teacher Accord Gives City a Map for Other Deals
Discussion: Gothamist and NPR
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In Bucks County, Pa., school board overrides student newspaper's ban on use of ‘Redskins’
ThinkProgress:
Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In The U.S.
Ilya Somin / Washington Post:
Victims of Communism Day
Discussion: Hit & Run
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Commentary: From the bench to the podium
ed.gov:
U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Turning Down CBS, and ‘Nauseating’ American Politics
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